Health and Safety and the Self-Employed

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

Health and Safety and the Self-Employed

24 Sep 2015

Health and safety law in relation to self-employed people is changing. From 1 October 2015, if people are self-employed and their work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to them. 

However, the law also states that there are certain work activities where the law applies because they are high risk. If the work involves any of these activities, then the law will continue to apply: 

  • Agriculture, including forestry and horticulture;
  • Construction
  • Work with asbestos
  • Railways
  • Gas
  • Genetically modified organisms 

HSE have produced guidance on this: Self-employed.